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Visions of Vintage Trolleys Are Probably Pipe Dreams

Visions of Vintage Trolleys Are Probably Pipe Dreams

Visions of reviving bits of Connecticut's vanished system of trolleys have been tantalizing urban planners and light-rail enthusiasts for a long time. Streetcars are sexy. Trolleys are fun. Light-rail would help get those damned gas-guzzling, gridlocking cars off the roads. Once upon a time (like a hundred years ago), you could ride the rails from Hartford to New Haven to Stamford and towns in between for pennies a trip. Unfortunately, sexy and fun and environmentally friendly and highway de-clogging haven't been enough to bring those dreams anywhere close to reality. "My impression is that it's not on the immediate or even on the intermediate time horizon," is...

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